Design Showcase West hosts award-winning designers from many fields of entertainment design. During the school year, acclaimed artists share their craft in master classes with UCLA students. In the spring, distinguished designers grace Design Showcase West on the UCLA campus as keynote speakers. These master artists join us virtually for 2021.
Design Showcase West Speakers
Saturday, June 5, 2021
RUTH E. CARTER
Academy Award-winning costume designer
Ruth E. Carter made history in 2019 when she became the first African American costume designer to win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, in recognition of her Afrofuturistic designs in the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther. Carter has more than 40 film credits in a career that spans more than three decades and encompasses theater, film and television. Among her numerous accolades, she previously received Academy Award nominations for her costume designs in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and Steven Spielberg’s Amistad; and an Emmy nomination for the 2016 Roots miniseries reboot. Earlier this year, she was the second costume designer and first Black costume designer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her depth of artistry, passion for culture and history, and ability to deliver the director’s vision while infusing her own signature style, make her one of the most sought after and renowned costume designers in the world. Design Showcase West is honored to welcome Ruth E. Carter as our 2021 Keynote Speaker.